England > Hampshire > Southampton
Beer Available At Guide Dog (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Triple fff Moondance 72, Butts Barbus Barbus 65, Dark Star American Pale Ale 95, Flowerpots Goodens Gold 53, Alfredís Saxon Bronze , Oakleaf Piston Porter 84, Fullerís ESB (Cask) 88, Isle of Purbeck Fossil Fuel 49, Bowman Swift One 70, Upham Classic , Triple fff Winter Bourbon Stout 62, Flack Manor Flack Catcher 45, Inveralmond Thrappledouser 69, Orkney Corncrake Ale 49, Longdog Bunny Chaser 42, Longdog Hare Of The Dog
berkshirejohn (136) Bracknell, England | January 16, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
A great beer-lovers pub tucked away in a quiet backstreet. Friendly locals and staff and a good range of mainly local beers.
Theydon_Bois (372) The íSham, England | October 13, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited on 09/09/12.
Single roomed local a bit like someones living room with board games in an alcove and bowl of help yourself mini chocolate bars!
6 or 7 beers on cask, Fullers ESB seemed to be a permanent with others on my visit from Oakleaf, Fulflood Arms, Flowerpots (a stout) and Dark Star.
Friendly service, I even called them the day after to check on the full name of a beer Iíd rated and they were more than happy to assist. We visited here on a mini crawl around St Denys having previously visited the excellent Bitter Virtue off licence, some 10 minutes or so away.
jackl (206) London, England | October 12, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
This is a decent back street boozer. The ambiance is a bit scruffy and rundown. This is a working manís pub. Thereís about 6 beers on cask plus the usual suspects on keg. The cask beers were mostly local, a nice touch. The prices were quite good, but all prices outside of central London look cheap to me these days. The service was very friendly, familiar. Even though I was the only non-regular in the pub, I was still made to feel welcome. Overall, a nice place to have a pint if youíre in the area.
dsmith67 (10) , | January 21, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
A proper pub, and a very well kept secret. Great Triple FFF beer, and not dominated by Ringwood like a lot of other pubs in the city.
PaulW (15) Southampton, England | December 30, 2011| Updated March 31, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
The best pub in the city, and a relatively well kept secret....would sometines rather it stayed this way. The beer selection is invariably well kept, and the service from all the bar staff, let alone mein hosts, is second to none. The seem to care about what they serve, and how itís served. The beer selection is always good...usually a few standards (ESB, a Bowman brew, and other commercial íbeersí for the less discerning palette), but the rotation of the guests is what gives this place its edge in the city. There may only be 5 or 6, but its a place the size of your living room. Add to that, the fact that this is a a proper free house, not an Enterprise place, and a pint costs you alomost a quid less than anywhere else in town. Warm, friendly, inviting. If I have a few issues they are minor; sometimes their guest ales are a bit samey, and PROPER scratchings would top this place off for me. No food, bar the odd ham roll, and Margaretís pickled eggs are stuff of legend (especially the chilli variety). Gets very full just before k.o. on match days, and on Friday nights. However, no hurley-burley here, just good conversation, lovely beer, and a warm welcome. Utterly recommended.
IdrisDragon (1) , Wales | December 29, 2011| Updated March 31, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Best kept beer in the city. 7 hand pumps with a selection of bottles. Very reasonable prices, with a Friday deal whereby one beer is £2.40 a pint (others ~£2.80 per pint). Meat draw every Friday & occasional quizzes. Voted best pub in the Wessex region in 2010 by an independent CAMRA panel and nearly advanced to the final 4 of the national competition. Small, always busy and always very good. A range of rolls & snacks are available, with proceeds going to charity.
Beersiveknown (36) , Northern Ireland | May 8, 2011| Updated March 31, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
The best selection of real ales anywhere in Southampton. Up to eight ales on handpull. Small pub that feels like the front room of someoneís house. Proper community pub where you can strike up a conversation with anyone. Fair prices with a "pint of the week" often available. Supporter of the guide dog charity and runs a number of events including a weekly meat draw and darts competitions. Hosts events such as an annual "beer and bangers" night in conjunction with the local South Hampshire CAMRA branch. Paul and Margaret and their staff are very helpful and happy to take recommendations and offer tasters.
This pub is also very popular with supporters of Southampton FC and can get very busy (standing room only!) on match days.
If you only have time to visit one pub in Southampton make it this one.
GuideDogSaint (10) Epsom, England | June 23, 2008| Updated March 31, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
The best pub in Southampton. Constantly rotating beer, shame I only get down here every other week during the football season otherwise I would have picked up a lot more. Tends to favour golden ales but with stuff like Bowman Swift One, Hophead, Skew Sunshine etc thatís no bad thing. Away fans more than welcome so long as you donít drink all the beer. Landlord and lady make this everything a local pub should be.
SaintMatty (147) Uppsala, Sweden | October 12, 2007| Updated March 31, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
An excellent back street pub which is a genuine free house. There are 7 real ales on with Fullerís ESB on permanently and the other 6 being constantly rotating guest beers from breweries around the country although local breweries such as Oakleaf, Bowman Ales and Triple FFF tend to appear frequently which is no bad thing.
The service is very friendly and there is a strong emphasis on the quality of the beer which is constantly and thoroughly monitored. If I could make one criticism, it would be that they could do with some more foreign bottled beer to add to the existing Belgian selection but overall, this is a classic pub. If only more pubs were like this.
Mungo (14) Southampton, England | July 2, 2005| Updated March 3, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Consistently best kept beer in Southampton. Mostly local breweries rotating with seasonals. Always has one of the excellent Bowman beers on. A genuine back street local.
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